Who Wants To Be A $1.2 Millionaire?

Cole and Bell are set for life even if they never make the major leagues, but what about someone like Clay Holmes, the Pirates’ 9th round pick that signed for $1.2M?

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2011 Draft Recap: Don’t Draft Me

Dear (Insert MLB Team Here), With the 2012 draft less than ten months away, I am contacting you in advance to announce my intentions to attend college.  I do not intend to sign if I am drafted by the (Team Nickname).  I am going to honor my commitment to attend school.  I do not wish to be drafted, and it is my request that you honor those wishes and pass on me in the 2012 draft. Granted, I have already been to college, and through...

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Minor League Contract FAQs

With Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell both receiving minor league contracts from the Pittsburgh Pirates, I figured this would be a perfect time to dust off the old “What’s the difference between a minor league contract and a major league contract” post. NOTE: All examples use Gerrit Cole, but they all apply to Josh Bell, except when noted. 1. The Pirates paid Gerrit Cole $8 M.  Trevor Bauer got a four year contract.  How...

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Pirates Sign Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first overall pick Gerrit Cole, and second round pick Josh Bell, according to Jon Heyman (Cole, Bell). Cole will get $8 M, and it’s a minor league deal, per Dejan Kovacevic.  The bonus is the highest in draft history, topping the $7.5 M bonus that Stephen Strasburg received.  It’s also a record for the Pirates. Josh Bell gets $5 M.  That’s the fourth biggest bonus given out by the...

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Going to College: Aaron Brown and Joel Bennett

Updates on two players going to college: -Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game reports that 17th round pick Aaron Brown will be going to Pepperdine. -Drew Champlin, a Troy University reporter, tells us that Joel Bennett, the 11th round pick, will be going to Troy.

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Draft Updates: One Hour To Go

With one hour remaining, here is what to watch for: -Gerrit Cole will sign.  It’s just a question of when and for how much. -The fact that we have an hour to go, and we haven’t heard anything about the Pirates being out on Josh Bell is encouraging.  Not a guarantee that he gets signed, but I think the Pirates would have moved on by this point if there was little to no chance of signing him. -We’ve been hearing...

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